Chaya cuttings grow very easily in Hawaii. Its Latin name is Cnidoscolus aconitifolius and is also know as Tree Spinach and the Mayan Miracle Plant. It is a fast growing, perennial plant that is somewhat drought tolerant, but also very tolerant of heavy rains. It grows to only about 6-8 feet tall and if planted close together can be maintained as an edible hedge.
The leaves are more nutritious than any other land-based leafy green. Chaya leaves contain a toxic compound when raw and should be boiled 20 minutes before eating to deactivate it. Also, when cooked in aluminum it creates a toxic reaction that can cause diarrhea.
If you order chaya cuttings from us you will receive a 6-12 inch “woody” or thicker stem. These strike readily if placed directly in the ground and watered regularly. They may be harvested after the 1st year.